Apr 14, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a shot in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Timberwolves Are Somewhat Lucky Not To Be In The NBA Playoffs

Mar 21, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jose Barea (11) drives as San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) defends during the second half at the AT

Every Timberwolves fan in Minnesota are still continuing to dream about how the Wolves would have made the playoffs had Rubio not fallen into injury in early March. With all honesty, the Timberwolves would have made the playoffs as the #8 or #7 seed if Rubio didn’t suffer a torn ACL and with Love performing like a league MVP, there was absolutely no doubt that the Wolves were going to make it to the post season. However, in my eyes the Wolves were not ready for the NBA playoffs. Not because their team is not good or they don’t have good players on the roster, but because other Western Conference team’s are just too good for them.

The Wolves are still a team that had just been newly assembled and despite their chemistry being great, their experience and their un-playoff-like image still overshadows the Timberwolves team. It’s very cliche to say this but I must. “Maybe next year.”

If the Wolves had made the playoffs they would probably have gone on to face the Oklahoma City Thunder or the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Well … we all know how these two teams are doing today. The Wolves may have captured one win over the Spurs in the regular season, but, as what most of the Spurs players think, it’s just the regular season. So basically it was pointless. The Spurs are a better team than they were in the regular season. They haven’t lost a single game so far in the post season. The Thunder on the other hand have been showing us how much they have grown from last post season’s embarrassing exit. If the 5-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks can’t give much of a fight to OKC (4-0 and 4-1), how much more damage do you think the Thunder can do to the Wolves? If the Wolves would face the Spurs in the first round. All I have to say to that is that I’m glad no Timberwolves fan had to see that. The Spurs have just been the best team in the NBA playoffs so far dispatching the excited Utah Jazz and the young yet developing Los Angeles Clippers a.k.a Lob City.

With all that being said, I’m not saying it would be a bad thing to have the Wolves in the playoffs. It would have certainly brought back hope to the state of Minnesota and most of all, a long-lost pride to Minnesota men’s basketball. However, in a blink of an eye, the Timberwolves would have been eliminated … easily. So again … maybe next year.

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